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We tend to pay attention to the present at the expense of the future. Our present self will eat an extra piece of cake, or skip a training session, or procrastinate and leave our future self to deal with the consequences. This is known as temporal discounting.
While in-the-moment decisions don't feel like a big deal, they add up over time.
We all like to feel good about ourselves in the moment, even if it interferes with our long-term goals.
But instead of letting our present self make the decision, we need to bring our future self into the decision-making process to help us think about the future consequences.
Emotions can be used in two ways: To understand the way we feel, and to use it proactively to influence our future behaviour.
Regret happens after an event. We can't change the past, but we can harness regret to improve our future by visualising how our future self will feel about the decision we make now. If you think that your future self will feel fine about the decision, then it is a perfectly valid conclusion.
We don't always have the mental energy to visualize the potential feelings of our future self. In these moments, we can use the 10-10-10 approach.
Ask yourself three questions to help you project yourself in the future:
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